Aloe polyphylla is a coveted ornamental succulent from the Drakensberg Mountains of Southern Africa. Polyphylla is a relative of the common aloe vera. But whereas Aloe Vera is valued for its medicinal properties, aloe polyphylla is coveted among succulent collectors for its striking spiraled leaf rosettes and vibrant red to pink flowers. The stemless spirals of toothy leaves can twist in either direction, and plants typically grow together in tight clusters. Finding seeds or live specimens of this gem can prove challenging because it is an endangered plant, and collection from the wild is prohibited. Cultivation, and especially seed production can be tricky, and so seed stocks from nurseries tend to be rather limited. When they can be found, collectors gobble them up. We are happy to have finally gotten a supply of these seeds for those who wish to try their (green-thumbed) hands at growing this awesome species.
Aloe is a genus of over four hundred species. Among the most popular succulents, aloe grows in rosettes that resemble agave. The genus is native to Africa and its surrounding areas and has been historically used as a medicinal plant dating back to the Ancient Egyptians. They are ideal for rock gardens or as potted houseplants.
Growing Information: A course, sandy soil mixture is best. Place your seeds on the surface and cover lightly with a thin layer of sand. Silica is ideal. Keep the soil moist, but not overly wet. Optimal germination is between 68-78 degrees Fahrenheit. Germination can take several months, so be patient. Adding perlite or rocks to your soil is a good way to increase drainage so that rot does not occur. A layer at the bottom of your container works well. Fluorescent lights work well as a light source for starting seeds. Once established, aloe enjoys full sun if it can be given. A sunny window will usually suffice. It is extremely frost hardy and can only be left outdoors in Zones 10-11. Fertilize once a year with a cactus fertilizer or half strength plant fertilizer.
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